Captain Chris leads by example

Captain Chris made amends for his defeat by Cue Card in last year's Betfair Ascot Chase by storming to victory in the Ascot Grade One.

Leading on the turn for home with two to jump, the 8-11 favourite bounded clear in the hands of Richard Johnson.

The Philip Hobbs-trained 10-year-old negotiated the last two obstacles in exemplary fashion as he galloped way ahead of Cloudy Too. Hunt Ball was third.

Johnson said: "The further he's gone, the better he's gone. It was a very good performance."

Hobbs said: "I'm delighted with him. He's won very easily."

Kauto Stone set off at a ferocious pace, with Cloudy Too handy and Captain Chris settled nicely and jumping impeccably.

While he was always travelling well, two-times Ascot Chase winner Riverside Theatre had to be bustled at the rear by Barry Geraghty without ever getting into contention.

Cloudy Too challenged Kauto Stone for the lead from four out but none was going better than Captain Chris, who soon swept into the lead before going on to score by 19 lengths.